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Czech Viper and Venom double deal takes shape

10th September 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


The Czech Republic’s long-running effort to acquire new utility and attack helicopters has taken a key step forward, after the US DoD issued Bell with a $272 million contract for the production and delivery to Prague of eight UH-1Y Venom and four AH-1Z Viper aircraft.

The contract notification follows Mark Esper, US Secretary of Defence and Lubomir Metnar, Czech Republic Minister of Defence, signing a letter of offer and acceptance for the 12 aircraft FMS in December 2019.

Various sources have reported that the entire deal is estimated to be worth between $600 million and $630 million including support

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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